WEED CONTROL FOR FRESHLY TILLED SOIL [9/27/19]

Asked September 29, 2019, 8:08 AM EDT

I AM IN PROCESS OF LAWN RENOVATION.I HAVE PARTIALLY SOLARIZED LAWN AND TILLED SOIL AND LEVELED LAWN.I PLAN ON PLANTING TALL FESCUE IN SPRING INSTEAD OF NOW BECAUSE OF FALLING LEAF COVERAGE.HOW DO I CONTOL WEED GROWTH BETWEEN NOW AND SPRING. CAN YOU YOU PLEASE OFFER ME A PLAN FOR NOW AND SPRING PLANTING. THANK YOU DON

Montgomery County Maryland lawns and turf

3 Responses

Hi - The best time to plant a cool-season lawn is really in the fall (up until about mid-October). Spring planted lawns have more competition with weeds such as crabgrass, Japanese stiltgrass, etc. Since you have tilled your soil, it's very likely that you have stirred up weed seeds to the surface. If you seed this fall, you can clear the area of leaves with a leaf blower. If you don't want to do that, you could cover the area with tacky straw (you can find it in the lawn section of a hardware store; it holds the straw cover in place).

Since you mention leaves falling over the area, we wonder about your site conditions and suitability for lawn grass. Shade trees and grass generally don't grow well together. Take a look at our information on growing grass in the shade. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/growing-grass-shade

Also, here is our complete guide to lawn establishment and renovation. It outlines all the steps you need to take, from soil testing and soil preparation to seed selection and planting. https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/hgic/HGIC_Pubs/lawn_pubs/HG10...

Christa

HELLO THANKS FOR YOUR RESPONSE.ACTUALLY MY LAWN GETS PLENTY OF SUN.THE TREES
DROPPING THE LEAVES ON MY LAWN ARE THE ADJACENT PARK LAND WOODED AREA AND PREVAILING WIND BLOWS PLENTY OF LEAVES ON LAWN.I GUESS THE QUESTION IS HOW LATE IN FALL CAN I PLANT SEED BECAUSE I AM AFRAID TO USE BLOWER OR RAKE FEARING BLOWING AWAY SEED OR DAMAGING OR KILLING SPROUTING GRASS.
THANK YOU FOR HELP DON WOODARD

Hi - You can plant up until mid-October. The seeds need some warmth to get started, and you need to get the grass established before the cold weather sets in -- so mid-October is generally the cut-off. You will have to irrigate since it has been so dry. The seed needs to stay moist until it establishes. Here is a link to information on lawn renovation and overseeding, https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/lawn-renovation-and-overseeding and care and maintenance after seeding, https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/care-and-maintenance-after-seeding.

Christa